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03 May 2014

4 - 10 May 2014 Declared National Charter Schools Week by Presidential Proclamation

Two years ago, Georgia voters approved the charter schools amendment with 58% of the vote.

Even more poignant was the amount of support the charter schools amendment received from black voters.

Douglas Blackmon, writing for the website Slavery by Another Name, noted, "In the 20 Georgia counties where African-Americans make up half or more of the population, the amendment was approved by 61% of all voters and in 14 of those 20 counties."

Black voters, and Georgia voters overall, want the flexibility charter schools provide to ensure their children get a quality education.

President Barack Obama has repeatedly stated, "As independent public schools, charter schools have the ability to try innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the classroom. This flexibility comes with high standards and accountability; charter schools must demonstrate that all their students are progressing toward academic excellence.

"Those that do not measure up can be shut down. And those that are successful can provide effective approaches for the broader public education system."

Friday, the President declared the week of 4 - 10 May 2014 National Charter Schools Week by proclamation.

"I commend our Nation's charter schools, teachers, and administrators, and I call on States and communities to support high quality public schools, including charter schools and the students they serve," Obama's proclamation reads.

According to the Georgia Department of Education, there are 310 charter schools in the state.

A January 2014 report presented to the state board of education said charter schools outperformed non-charter schools on standardized tests, such as the CRCT and EOCT, during the 2012 - 2013 school year.